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UN Security Council unanimously votes in favor of Syria ceasefire resolution
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 10:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think you have a typo in Mavis's name, Fred
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Her name is Mai?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

#3  No, her name is Mavis Luck.

aka Diana Dors.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/25/2018 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  My bad :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2018 13:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Born:Diana Mary Fluck, 23 October 1931, Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Died:May 4, 1984, Windsor, Berkshire, England

(IMDB is your friend!)
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 02/25/2018 14:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Meanwhile, a couple of (wikipedia) clicks away...

No, Jeff wasn't one of the fellas...
He never fit in with us, bra-less,
But training -- oh, mama! --
At two schools of drama,
He'll pass for a Spooky Old Alice.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/25/2018 15:07 Comments || Top||

#7  So now I think of spaniels/Daniels. Perhaps -- as the wasp said, perusing his genome -- I should consider moving to a less restrictive form.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/25/2018 15:15 Comments || Top||

#8  That poor wasp. Try the less restrictive form, Zenobia F. But I find less restriction is harder than otherwise.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2018 19:50 Comments || Top||

#9  The kind of look a Diva gives you when you ask, "What's for dinner?"
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/25/2018 21:54 Comments || Top||

Afghan army soldiers suffer heavy casualties in Farah military base attack
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty five Afghan national army soldiers bit the dust in a coordinated attack by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
murderous Moslems in western Farah province of Afghanistan, a provincial source said Saturday.

The incident took place late on Friday night in the vicinity of Bala Bolok district after a large number of Taliban murderous Moslems stormed a military base.

A provincial council source confirmed that 25 Afghan soldiers were martyred in the attack.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younis Rasooly confirmed the icident but did not elaborate further regarding the casualties of the Afghan armed forces.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense front man Gen. Dawlat Waziri said at least eighteen Afghan soldiers were martyred and two others were maimed in the attack.

Another member of the provincial council Dadullah Qani said more than 20 Afghan soldiers bit the dust in the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Foreigner among three killed in Nangarhar clash
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A foreign bad boy was among at least three faceless myrmidons killed during a clash with the local public uprising forces in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

According to the provincial police commandment, the incident took place late on Thursday night in the vicinity of Goshta district of Nangarhar.

The clash broke out in Torkani area of Goshta district, the provincial commandment said, adding that the foreign holy warrior killed during the clash has been identified as Syed Nabi alias Jahanyar who was hailing fro Pakistain.

The provincial police commandment also added that the dead bodies of the faceless myrmidons were left in the area and two Ak-47 rifles, 2 cycle of violences, and some ammunition were also confiscated by the uprising forces.

The anti-government armed holy warrior groups including the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS holy warriors have not commented regarding the report so far.
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Ghani vows relentless war against terror groups after recent attacks
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
has vowed relent war against the terror groups after recent attacks in Kabul, Farah, and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces as he insisted that such attacks would not affect the resolve of the nation for economic development.

Speaking during a gathering for the distribution of the property certificates in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province, President Ghani condemned the recent attacks and said the enemies of the country have once again committed crimes in Farah, Kabul, and Helmand provinces as the country is celebrating the inauguration of the TAPI gas pipeline works.

we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
he said the enemies of the country must understand that the Afghan nation will have stronger resolve for economic development and to suppress the terror groups.

This comes as a jacket wallah detonated his explosives in Kabul city earlier today amid reports at least two people were killed although the ministry of interior says at least one person has been killed and six others have been maimed.

The snuffies also launched coordinated attack on an army base in Farah province late last night with the ministry of defense saying at least eighteen soldiers were martyred in the attack.

On the other hand, the local officials in Helmand are saying that two soldiers were martyred and nine others including civilians were maimed in three separate suicide kabooms in Lashkargah city and Nad-e-Ali district.
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS local leader among 3 killed in US drone strikes in Kunar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three Lions of Islam affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in US dronezaps in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military in the East said the latest dronezaps were carried out in the vicinity of Manogi district.

The source further added that the hideouts of the terror group were targeted in the air raids and as a result three Lions of Islam were killed.

According to the Silab Corps, a local leader of the group identified as Mohib son of Abdul Nabi was also among those killed.

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
Death Toll Mounts After Mogadishu Palace Attack
[All Africa] Dozens of people were killed in twin boom-mobile blasts in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, in what appears to have been a foiled attack on the presidential palace. Islamist murderous Moslem group al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
grabbed credit.

The number of deaths from Friday's twin boom-mobile kabooms in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, rose to at least 38, according to officials on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Shabaab has grabbed credit for the attack, which targeted the presidential palace and subsequently a hotel. The attacks follow months of relative calm.

- A vehicle that was loaded with explosives was used to try to breach a checkpoint on the way into the presidential palace Villa Somalia, according to officials who said security forces thwarted the attack. A blast at the checkpoint was reportedly followed by gunfire.

- A second kaboom later, which destroyed vehicles outside the hotel as well as the compound's perimeter wall, was reported to have claimed a substantial proportion of the casualties.

- The attack was claimed by al-Shabaab in a statement posted online. The group, which claimed to have killed 35 soldiers while having lost five of its fighters, said it was targeting the government and security services.

Security officials claimed they had been successful in thwarting the main thrust of the attack. "The security forces foiled the intent of the terrorists," the AFP news agency reported Abdulahi Ahmed, a security officer, as saying. "They were aiming for key targets, but they could not even go closer, there were five of them killed by the security force."

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  I recommend this book, “The Fate of Africa; The History of the Continent Since Independence” Meridith, Martin. It discussed the fact that during a famine, all UN and US aide entered the country at Mogadishu. Food was not sent to the moslem north and millions starved. It discusses all the African countries in individual chapters.

Posted by: Sloluth Smith4022 || 02/25/2018 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Kindle sample downloaded for later perusal. Thank you, Sloluth Smith4022 — my book list has expanded in interesting directions since I found this place.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2018 8:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Where is T'Challa when you need him?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/25/2018 12:17 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: State Successful in Henry Okah Case As Sentence, Convictions Reinstated
[All Africa] Convicted terrorist Henry Okah
...who has appeared in our archives from time to time over the years ...
's 24-year prison sentence and convictions have been reinstated after the Constitutional Court on Friday set aside the Supreme Court of Appeal's order overturning the Warri bombing convictions, which led to a reduction in his sentence.

Okah was originally sentenced in March 2013 in the South Gauteng High Court after being convicted on 13 counts of terrorism, including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activities, and delivering, placing and detonating an bomb, relating to two boom-mobiles detonated in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 1, 2010, the anniversary of the country's independence.

Twelve people were killed and 36 were maimed.

One person was killed and 11 seriously injured in another bombing in Warri on March 15, 2010, at a post-amnesty dialogue meeting.

In both bombings, two boom-mobiles went off minutes apart. The cars were parked in close proximity to each other, News24 reported at the time.

Okah, a Nigerian citizen who has been a permanent resident in South Africa since 2007, was found to be the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
... a confederation of bands of bandidos portraying itself of a political organization grabbing for Nigeria's oil boodle ...
and was convicted for terrorist acts under the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act.
Their last significant pronouncement was a threat in 2013 to bomb Muslim institutions and kill Muslim clerics, but nothing seems to have come of it.

This article starring:
Henry Okah
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: MEND

Daesh attack kills 14, injures 40 in Yemen's Aden
[PRESSTV] Some 14 people have been killed in a ISIS attack on a police headquarters in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.

According to medical and security sources on Saturday, at least 40 people, including women and kiddies, were maimed in the attack in the Tawahi district in southwest Aden.

The ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
r terrorist group grabbed credit for the attack via its Amaq news agency.

The incident took place as two bombers detonated two vehicles packed with explosives outside the headquarters' main entrance while six button men attempted to enter the facility.

"All the ... Lions of Islam were liquidated immediately before they could reach the outer gate of the anti-terrorism headquarters," said a statement released by the police.

The attack was the first of its kind since festivities broke out in January between southern separatists and former President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government, which controls the city.

The fresh outburst began after the separatists managed to take control of a number of sites and military camps run by forces loyal to Hadi following intense festivities.

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Home Front: WoT
D.C. Metro Cop Sentenced for Islamic State Support
Yet another idiot whose best jihadi buddy turned out to be an FBI informant.
[Breitbart] Nicholas Young,
... the connected Muslim convert who was proud of the skills he developed torturing small animals as a child, and friend of convicted Al Shabaab supporter Zachary Chesser, among others. Mr. Chesser was famed for his threats against the cartoonists of South Park...
the disgraced D.C. Metro Transit Police Department officer convicted of providing support for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) in December, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday.

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia handed down the sentence on federal charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.

Young was fired in 2016 after coming under surveillance in 2010 for associations with other terrorism suspects. In 2011, he traveled to Libya and allegedly pursued links with the Jihadists fighting dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
. Court documents allege Young traveled with "body armor, a kevlar helmet and several other military-style items" and told the FBI he had been with rebels in Libya.
As a result, he no doubt had a great many more jihadi buddies than the two that have been reported.
Eventually, Young was locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
in July 2016 when FBI informants, posing as U.S. military reservists of Middle Eastern descent who supported ISIS, got him to send them gift card codes for use to bolster the brutal terror group’s jihad. At trial, prosecutors revealed that, in addition to Islamist ties, the Moslem-convert Young also sought out Nazi materials and links online.

The obstruction charges stem from him advising the informant on how to avoid detection as he went to the Middle East to join ISIS. It was after an informant was supposedly with ISIS overseas that he requested Young send money through the gift cards.

Young was convicted in a jury trial in Alexandria, Virginia, in December. At the time, prosecutor Dana J. Boent said, "Nicholas Young swore an oath to protect and defend, and instead violated the public’s trust by attempting to support ISIS."

According to the Justice Department (DOJ) blurb, The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia teamed up with prosecutors from Main DOJ’s National Security Division Counterterrorism Section to pursue the case against Young.

Young faced up to 60 years on the terrorism and obstruction charges. His 15-year sentence means we will serve at least 12 and a half years in federal prison. He is reportedly the first American law enforcement officer convicted for trying to assist ISIS, having joined the Metro Transit Police in 2003.
Are transit cops real police?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Another depressed Islamic jihadists missing Bin Obama?

Until they start identifying the mosques these turds went to... Right now Pearl Harbor news would never report the attack was from Japan.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2018 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  The FBI gets one right.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/25/2018 13:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Actually in this MSM environment there would be calls to understand why the Japanese chose to attack and why its all Hoover's fault (can't blame anything on a Democrat).
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/25/2018 14:53 Comments || Top||

Three Islamic State members killed as Iraqi troops repel attack, southeast of Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
members were killed in an attack foiled by the Federal Police in southeast of Mosul, according to Nineveh Police.

"Federal troops repulsed an attack by IS in Makhmur region, southeast of Mosul, killing three of the attackers," Lt. Gen. Salam al-Okeidi, spokesperson for the police command, told BasNews on Saturday.

No further details about the attack or losses of the federal troops were provided.

...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
Cap. Salah Samir, an officer from Nineveh police, said troops confiscated a tunnel for IS forces of Evil in Hammam al-Alil camp, south of Mosul.

"Police ran into a tunnel for IS in Hammam al-Alil camp, as a part of it collapsed by rain water," Samir said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

One killed, six others wounded in two bomb blasts in Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Seven people were killed and maimed as two kabooms took place in Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Saturday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, "a bomb went off near stores in al-Rashidiya region, northeast of Baghdad, leaving three people maimed."

Ambulances, according to the source, rushed to the blast spot and transferred the maimed to hospital for treatment.

Earlier on the day, the same source said "a bomb went kaboom! near a store in Jisr Diyala region, southeast of the capital, leaving a civilian killed and three others injured."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under:

IAF Pilot error determined as cause of fighter jet crash
The downing of the Israeli F-16 jet in on February 10 by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile was due to an operational mistake on the part of the pilots, the IDF announced Sunday.

"Between the tension of completing the mission while facing enemy missiles there was an operational mistake on the part of the team whose actions did not match the order of priorities required by the threat it was facing," a senior Israel Air Force officer said, explaining that the pilots did not take the proper evasive measures.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2018 14:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  ...That one doesn't make a lot of sense. The only thing I can think of that would go along with that was if the PIC got himself behind the curve and didn't fire countermeasures in time.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/25/2018 17:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Had to be.
Couldn't have been that the rocket hit the aircraft.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2018 17:44 Comments || Top||

#3  "an operational mistake" is what it's called when you get too far down in the enemy's 'threat fan'.
A tactical mistake is when you don't remember to find out where the threat fan is.
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/25/2018 18:50 Comments || Top||

#4  They got to thinking they were flying a dump truck rather than a fighter bomber over defended air space. Something similar happened with the F-117A shot down over Yugoslavia.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/25/2018 20:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Wow, you a Nighthawk ZF?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2018 20:57 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Arson and gunfire across southern Thailand overnight
[The Nation] Thai security agencies believe Muslim rebels staged two arson attacks in downtown Narathiwat late on Friday night to "create a situation" before a visit by representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The simultaneous fires damaged a low-price goods shop and a department store in Muang district around midnight. Militants also planted a third firebomb that was a dud.

A military source said the insurgents wanted to escalate the situation before ten OIC representatives visit the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat late this month. The source said security agencies believe the attackers came from Bacho and Yingor districts in Narathiwat and are under the command of Abdulloh Ulae, who is wanted under several arrest warrants.

The first fire engulfed a rough-hewn shop selling such supplies as kitchen utensils, mosquito nets, mattresses and pillows, before spreading to an aquarium shop next to it, causing damage worth Bt1 million and Bt500,000 respectively.

The fire also burned down a department store in Tambon Bang Nak, causing about Bt10 million in damage. The store was previously attacked by militants in 2012. The department store owner also has stores in Pattani and Yala, and all of them have been hit by arson attacks. However, she said she would not give up yet.

In a related development, gunshots were fired at a shop and a house of policemen in Songkhla province’s Thepha district in two separate attacks on the same night.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state
[DAWN] Three bombs went kaboom! in different locations around Rakhine's state capital Sittwe early Saturday morning, including at the home of a high ranking official, Myanmar police told AFP, adding that no deaths were reported.

It is the latest violence to hit Rakhine, which is festering with ethnic tensions and has been roiled by communal violence in the north against the Rohingya and insurgencies in other parts of the state.

Bombings in the state capital, however, are rare.

"Three bombs went kaboom! and three other unwent kaboom! bombs were found. A police officer was injured but not seriously," a senior officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army

#1  peaceful Rohingya muslims
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2018 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  The price one pays for bulldozing villages.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2018 17:46 Comments || Top||

Latest clashes show Marawi gunmen seek new base
[AFP] Months after being routed from Marawi, rebels are making a new and deadly attempt to set up a Southeast Asian caliphate in the same region. The gunmen have mustered a force of about 200 fighters and fought a series of skirmishes with security forces this year after troops retook the city last October.

Colonel Romeo Brawner said, "They have not abandoned their objective to create a caliphate in South-east Asia. Mindanao is the most fertile ground. Our countrymen are more vulnerable (to recruitment)."

Struggling with poverty and armed Muslim insurgencies, Mindanao must improve its supervision of Islamic schools, where most young gunmen are recruited, he added.

Gunmen who escaped during the early days of the operation to recapture Marawi are leading the recruitment effort, flush with cash, guns and jewellery looted from the city's banks and private homes. The recruits are mostly locals, but an unspecified number of Indonesians, some with bomb-making skills, have recently arrived there, Brawner said.

The siege of Marawi forced the Philippine military, more used to low-intensity jungle warfare against guerillas, to reorganize and to rewrite their doctrines, with a new emphasis on urban warfare training, he added.

Mindanao military officials said Maute gunmen murdered three traders in the town of Piagapo, near Marawi, last November. Last month, police arrested three suspects over the Piagapo killings. The military also reported skirmishes with Maute gunmen in the towns of Masiu and Pagayawan, near Marawi last month. On February 8, the military killed three militants in Pantar, another neighboring town.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)

#1  Mindanao must improve its supervision elimination of Islamic schools, where most young gunmen are recruited, he added.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2018 9:27 Comments || Top||

Strikes on Syria’s Eastern Ghouta kill 21 civilians, death toll rises to 500
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A surge of rocket fire, shelling and air strikes has killed nearly 500 people since Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The dead included more than 120 children.

Air strikes killed 21 civilians in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday as major powers bickered over the terms of a ceasefire, a monitor said.

Devestating bombardment
Twelve were killed in the enclave’s largest town Douma, which has been repeatedly hit in the devastating bombardment the government launched last Sunday, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Damascus government and Russia, its ally, say they only target Death Eaters. They have said they seek to stop rebel mortar attacks on the capital and accused faceless myrmidons in Ghouta of holding people as human shields.

Rescuers in Syria’s eastern Ghouta said the bombing would not let up long enough for them to count the bodies, in one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war.

Warplanes pounded the rebel enclave on Saturday, the seventh day in a row of a fierce escalation by Damascus and its allies, an emergency service, a witness and a monitoring group said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Sad. But on the bright side, its Moslems getting killed for not immigrating to Pennsylvania and California and Ohio.

...or moving to live in Gay Paree. I hear they have some very secluded nice"private" neighborhoods in Paris.
Posted by: Thomonter Thusolet9121 || 02/25/2018 4:50 Comments || Top||

Rantburg Exclusive: SDF Battle Field Report 2/24/2018, Erdogan Blocks the Mighty Euphrates River, Threatens Greece, Cyprus and An Italian Vessel
1- Sharra: heavy clashes have broke out in Arab Weran village at 8 am this morning and the clashes are ongoing until writing this report.

At 12 am, the clashes expanded to Omara village and its vicinity, accompanied by indiscriminate artillery bombardment. According to our fighters in the battlefield, many Turkish soldiers and terrorist elements were killed during the battles in Omara village, where the clashes are still ongoing.

2- Jinderes: Kafar Sfara village was randomly bombed by the enemy warplanes yesterday at 10 PM. The airstrikes targeted civilian homes in the downtown of Jinderes.

Today at 8 AM, Hejlara village was exposed to a random artillery bombardment, coincided with the outbreak of heavy clashes in the village which is ongoing until writing this report.

3- Raju: the Turkish jets brutally bombed all of the villages in Raju axis today at 1 pm. The Turkish raids expanded to the downtown of Raju, accompanied by heavy artillery shelling which lasted until writing this report.

4- Mabata: fierce clahses broke out between our forces and the invaders in Damlia village at 8 am today. The clashes continued until writing this report.

Thank you moderators for taking twitter video embeds and making them work on posts regarding this "Land of the Rivers" modern day life and death struggle between two ancient peoples.
Our pleasure, dear Ulaigum Ebbineng7056. You are doing the heavy lifting here — we’re just applying a bit of Fred’s programming cleverness.
SDF/YPG destroy a military vehicle that carried a which carried a Dotshka 23.5 and also killed 3 turkish soldiers/jihadists.

Erdogan has effectively reduced the flow of the Euphrates River through Syria and Iraq which will have massive negative implications on the lives of the peoples of these two nations.

  • Hitler Erdogan threatens Greece with an invasion of Greece's Aegean Islands. Link

  • Hitler Erdogan threatens to sink an Italian drilling vessel off Cyprus. Link
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#1  So if he really moves toward Greece... accidentally lose a big bomb right over his palace, apologize and sent Mathis to the funeral.
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